Katharine Nelson

Previous Degrees

  • Master’s Degree – City and Regional Planning (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Economics and International Studies (Macalester College)

Dissertation Adviser

Contact Information

Dissertation Topic/Title

  • The Resurgence of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

Research Interests

  • Housing
  • Community and Economic Development
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Gentrification and Education
  • Racial Inequality
  • Real Estate Markets


  • Presidential Fellowship, Rutgers

Teaching Experience

  • Introduction to GIS, Rutgers University – Spring 2019
  • Principles of Housing, Rutgers University – Fall 2018
  • Research Methods, Drexel University – Fall 2017
  • Introduction to GIS, University of Pennsylvania – Fall 2011, Fall 2012



Katharine Nelson. (2018). Choosing neighborhood schools: Why Philadelphia’s middle-class parents choose neighborhood elementary schools, Journal of Urban Affairs. https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2018.1457405.